It was a busy week!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It was a busy week!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Someone's personal "sea" plane, a church on prime lakefront property, a blue heron basking on someones float, and the bottom 3 pictures are of the old abandoned Bledsoe's Beach. It used to be a resort type complex. The large building was like a dance/reception hall. I love that they used to have parking meters for your boat!
It was an awesome day!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I have not really looked at the price of sewing machines in several years, and was blown away with sticker shock at the prices.
I want a nice machine - that will hopefully last me another 15 years or so, but don't want to remortgage the house for it!
If you have suggestions on a good machine for quilting, sewing, crafting, in a moderate price range ($400 - $600) it would be greatly appreciated!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I love the old blue/green Ball jars. I love the color, the shape, and the versatility. You can pick them up cheap at garage sales and thrift stores (I have gotten most of them for under $1 each).
I use them to decorate both at home...
I even like to use them outside as tea light holders...
You can check out more great vintage items by going clicking on the picture below.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I am actually writing from Panara Bread in Mansfield, OH on my way home - a girl's got to eat!
I know, it seems contradictory that I would be working at a chemical factory in steel toed work boots, a hard hat and safety glasses when what I really love is crafting, sewing, quilting, etc… But it pays the bills, supports my sewing habit, allows my kids to go to Catholic School, etc… And as much as I love being a stay at home mom it is nice to get away every once in a while even if it is work. It’s good to be with adults, keep my mind active, stay in a nice hotel at night with no one to wake me up, eat at a restaurant and not be in a rush or have someone wanting to eat off my plate, see new areas, shop in the evening unrushed, etc... Also, being away for a couple days really makes my family appreciate all that I do for them. Two to three nights away is the perfect amount of time for me. It is long enough that I come home feeling refreshed by the change of pace and ready to get back to my family, kids, home, and all the things I love.
I’m excited to get home and start on the scrap challenge that I signed up for on JC Handmade’s blog site. This will be my first on-line challenge I’ve participated in. I’m trying to think of what fabric to send in – I have so many that I love, and so many “scraps” that the decision will not be easy!
Well, I'd better get back on the road and finish the last half of my 6 hour car trip! Yuck!
Friday, September 12, 2008
My family gifted me at breakfast this morning, before the kids left for school. We have other commitments tonight, so we will not be able to celebrate at dinner time as we usually do. My kids are worse than me when it comes to presents. Rather than wait to celebrate later, they wanted me to open them this morning. They actually would have let me open them last night when they got back from the store, but I refused!
So I got 2 beautiful gift bags from Brighton (which I love). The first one had this candle inside...
It smells so good!
The other had this adorable tin...
And in the tin was this beautiful watch!
(please ignore the wrinkly wrist that the watch is on - I was too lazy to take it off to take the picture)
Thank you Dave, M, C & P!
I also share my birthday with one of my favorite persons in the whole wide world. My cousin-in-law and good friend - Lori at Fresh Picked Whimsy. We are kindred spirits, so it is fitting that we share the same special day (although I had "dibs" on the day WAY before she did!). She lives about 2 hours away, but for the past couple of years, we have gotten together somewhere in between to scour antique stores, thrift stores, maybe an occasional garage sale, together to celebrate our special day. We don't do it on our actual birthday, but usually just sometime in the month of September. It is always a lot of fun! She is the one who got me started in blogging, so if you get a chance, pop over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday today!
Our church silent auction that I made this picnic quilt set for is tonight. Keep your fingers crossed that it goes for a lot of $. There is nothing worse than making something and donating it, and not having anyone bid on it or just getting the "pity bids"!
Have a great weekend - I know I will!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Being an Irish girl, I love this pillowcase with the clovers on it...
My favorite find however are these 2 vintage chenille bedspreads.
I love chenille, I always have and especially the older stuff. Whenever I see chenille at a garage sale or thrift store, I just have to have it. One of the thrift stores I went to yesterday has 1/2 price housewares and linens on Wednesday, so I got these for half price! Two vintage chenille bedspreads for only $5.50! I think these will look great paired up with some of the vintage sheets I just got!
I just found the Vintage Thingies Thursday posting group! I happened to place this post today about my vintage linens, so I added it to the list. If you got here via that link, thanks for stopping, and I hope you stop by again!
If you are a regular visitor here, make sure you stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen and check out the other great vintage posts!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
But, there were a few other thing to consider...
The school is not air conditioned, so he had to wear shorts to keep cool.
It is gym day and there is always recess to keep in mind, so he had to wear tennis shoes and pack a spare t-shirt.
He is just the cutest thing ever!
Why do they have to grow up?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My mom always makes the best banana bread. One of her tricks is that when bananas start to turn brown, she pops them in the freezer and saves them for making banana bread. I have followed in her footsteps and throw my overripe bananas in the freezer, and when I have a whole slew of them, I take a morning (or in this case maybe an entire day), and make batch after batch of banana bread! Yum!
What I love about my mom's banana bread recipe is that the bread is "dense". I know that sounds weird, but I have never tasted banana bread like hers anywhere, and anytime I have other banana bread, it just makes me appreciate my mom's even more.
If you would like to try her recipe, here it is. If you do, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.
Mom's Best Banana Bread EVER!
Preheat oven to 350 - grease/spray loaf pan.
Beat 1/4 C soft butter or marg., 1 C sugar & 1 egg until smooth.
Add 1 C mashed ripe banana (you can always use more - I usually use about a cup and a half because I have so many bananas to use!), and 1/2 C milk. Mix well.
Mix 2 1/2 C Flour, 3 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Beat together until well combined - batter will be thick. If adding chocolate chips, I add a half bag here.
Pour into pan and smooth top with spatula.
Bake 1 hour, let cool on wire rack 10 min, turn out and let cool completely. Wrap in foil - refrigerate or freeze. ENJOY!
Well, about 3 weeks later, we got a certified letter in the mail from the county "planning department", that we needed a site permit, and were to cease and desist and tear down what he had already built.